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Violet Hildred Johnston and Tilmer S Peterson Family

Violet Hildred Johnston daughter of Mary Josephine (Ruehl) and,Samuel Caperton Johnston

  • born:  12 Apr 1899 in Minnesota, USA.
  • died: 15 Feb 1979 at the age of 79 in Hennepin County, Minnesota, USA.
  • married: Tilmer Siebert Peterson on 21 Dec 1929 at Hope Presbyterian Church in St. Paul, Minnesota, USA.

Tilmer Siebert Peterson, son of Peter C. and Christine (Eidsvaig) Peterson

  • baptized: 19 Jun 1904 at Whitehall Lutheran Church, Whitehall, Wisconsin, USA
  • married: 2nd Edith “Edie” Lee (maiden name Unknown)
  • died: 21 Jun 1991 at the age of 87 in Ramsey County, Minnesota, USA.

Violet and Tilmer are both buried at Roseville Cemetery, Roseville, Ramsey County, Minnesota. FAG Memorials: #78789402 & #78789406.

Sometime after Violet died in 1979, Tilmer married Edith “Edie” Lee. Edith was the widow of Lester D. Lee.

Vows Spoken at Ceremony in St. Paul

December 21, 19291

Miss Violet Johnston Becomes Bride of Tilmer S. Peterson
The House of Hope Presbyterian church in St. Paul ws the scene of a wedding this afternoon when Miss Violet Hildred Johnston, daughter of Mrs. Mary J. Johnston of Abbott Avenue S., became the bride of Tilmer S. Peterson, son of Mr. and Mrs. P. C. Peterson of Whitewall, Wis.

Spruce boughs formed a background against which southern smilax and cathedral candles were placed. Rev. H. C. Swearingen read the service at 3:30 o’clock.

Mrs. J. Edward Skinner sang “Until” and “Oh Perfect Love.” A program of nuptial music was played by the Misses Eleanor Deebach, organist, and Dorothy Deebach, violinist.

Mrs. F. G. Bernard was her sister’s matron of honor and Miss Gladys Amundson, of Aberdeen S. D. acted as bridesmaids. Little Betty may Bernard, daughter of Mrs. Bernard was the flower girl and her sister, Mary Jane, carried the ring.

Carl Swanson of Grand Forks, N.D., was the best man and the ushers were Andrew Tazey of Aberdeen, S. D., and Thomas Elliot Deebach.

Mrs. Bernard wore an orchid chiffon gown made with a plain sleeveless bodice and a long circular skirt. She had a silver cap and slippers and carried a bouquet of shaded pink roses tied with tulle to match her gown. Miss Amundson’s gown was of pale green chiffon made like Mrs. Bernard’s. She had a silver cap and slippers and carried shaded pink roses tied with green. The bride’s gift to her attendants was steel cut buckles.

A green taffeta frock was worn by the flower girl who carried roses in a basket. Mary Jane Bernard wore a white satin page suit and carried the ring in a lily.

Miss Johnston entered with her brother, Harrison V. Johnston. Her gown was of ivory satin made with a fitted bodice having insets of Irish point lace, long tight sleeves and a skirt elongating in a train. Her tulle veil was held in a cap of the same lace as that in her gown and she carried a sheaf of calla lilies tied with white satin ribbon. Her only ornament was a platinum lavalier set with diamonds and emeralds, a gift from the bridegroom.

Following the ceremony, a dinner for the immediate families will be held at the Curtis Hotel. Later in the evening there will be a reception at the home of the bride’s brother and sister-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. H. V. Johnston of 4908 Arden Avenue. The rooms will be decorated with bouquets of roses and ivory tapers and pink roses will center the bride’s table.

Mrs. Johnston, the bride’s mother, will wear a burgundy gown while Mrs. Johnston, sister-in-law of the bride, will be attired in black chiffon.

Mr. Peterson will take his bride on a wedding trip east. After Jan. 1 they will be at home in Aberdeen, S. D. For travel she is wearing a burgundy ensemble with a matching hat.


Census and City Directory Records for Tilmer and Violet Peterson

Census records can be a great resource for genealogy research. It’s important to note however that the information collected may have been provided by any of the household members and sometimes even a neighbor. Especially in the early days, our ancestors had strong accents, so the information was up to the census taker for interpretation. Spelling was often written phonetically and the handwriting sometimes difficult to transcribe.

1930 US Federal Census Aberdeen, Brown County, South Dakota, 5th Ward (Part 1), Block No. 14, Enumeration District no. 7-8, Supervisor’s District No. 3, Sheet No. 14A, Enumerated on April 10, 1930. Dwelling No. 137, Family No. 292. 709 Kline St. Note; Tilmer and Violet appear to be renting rooms from Margaret Lincoln:

  • Tom O. [Tilmer] Peterson, roomer, renting, age: 30, married, age at first marriage: 30, can read and write, birthplace: Minnesota, parents’ birthplace: Norway, occupation: traveling salesman, industry: general merchandise.
  • Violet Peterson, roomer, age: 35, age at first marriage: 25, birthplace: Minnesota, parents’ birthplace: Norway, occupation: none

Note: Information was provided by their landlord, Margaret Lincoln. This may account for errors, including Tilmers name written as Tom O and Violet is showing age of 35 and 25 at first marriage. I found no evidence she was married prior to her marriage to Tilmer at the age of 30.

1930 Aberdeen, South Dakota, City Directory:

  • Peterson Tilmer S (Violet) trav slsmn h709 S. Kline

1940 US Federal Census, Mitchell, Davison County, South Dakota, Ward No. 3, S.D. No. 5, E.D. No. 18-11, Enumerated on April 8, 1940. 412 E. 4th Ave., Visited No. 104.

  • Tilmer Peterson, renting $50, head age: 21 [obviously wrong], married, highest grade completed: College 4th year, birthplace: Wisconsin, City: Aberdeen, So. Dakota, employed, hours worked week before census: 48, occupation: Salesman, Industry: Dry Goods, wage or private work: private work.
  • Violet Peterson, wife, age: 21 [obviously wrong], married, highest grade completed: College 4th year, birthplace: Minnesota, City: Aberdeen, So. Dakota, Home Housework.
  • Nancy Lou Peterson, daughter, age: 8, attending school, birthplace: Minnesota.
  • Robert Peterson, son, age: 6, attending school, birthplace: Minnesota

Note: Information was provided by Violet. It’s probable that Tilmer and Violet moved back to Minneapolis about 1931. Both of their children were born in Hennepin County, Minnesota.

Sometime between 1930 and 1940 the family relocated to Mitchell, South Dakota. At about 1948  moved to the Minneapolis, Minnesota area and settled in Edina, Minnesota, where Violets brother Harrison V. Johnston also lived.

Violet Hildred (Johnston) Peterson Obituary

Violet H. Peterson Obituary2
April 12, 1899 – February 15, 1979

Violet, H. of 5200 Dunraig Rd, Edina. Survived by husband Tilmer; sons Robert S. C. Peterson of Excelsior; daughter Mrs. James (Nancy) Doyle of Corona Del Mar Calif, 3 grandchildren; sister Mrs. Elsie G. Bernard of Edina. Services Saturday 2PM at St. Stephen the martyr Episcopal Church, West 50th St. & Wooddale Ave. Edina. Interment Roselawn Cemetery, St. Paul. Friends may call at Werness Brothers Chapel, W 50th St. & Beard Ave. S, from 7-9PM Friday. Memorials may be given to the donor’s choice.

Tilmer Siebert Peterson Obituary

Tilmer Siebert Peterson Obituary3
April 25, 1904 – June 21, 1991

Tilmer S., age 87 of Edina. Preceded in death by first wife, Violet. Survived by wife, Edie; brother, Palmer of Osseo, WI; son, Robert & wife, Claire of Excelsior; daughter, Nan & husband, Dr. James Doyle of Corona Del Mar, CA; grandchildren, Victor & Carrie Peterson, Tiffany Doyle and many nieces & nephews. If so desired, memorials may be given to St. Stephen the Martyr Episcopal Church. Funeral service 1:30 pm Mon. St. Stephen the Martyr Episcopal Church, 4439 West 50th St., Edina. Interment Roselawn Cemetery. Friends may call 5-7 pm Sun. at Werness Brothers Chapel, 3500 W. 50th St., 927-8641.

Tilmer Siebert and Violet Hildred (Johnston) Peterson Children

  1. Nancy “Nan” Lou Peterson daughter of Tilmer Siebert and Violet Hildred (Johnston) Peterson. She married 1st James Edwin Moore son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank E. Moore on 30 Apr 1955 in Edina, Minnesota at the Church of St. Stephen the Martyr. She 2nd  married Dr. James Clifford Doyle son of Thomas C. and Betty (Hammond) Doyle, on 21 Dec 1964 at All Saints by the Sea Church in Santa Barbara, California.  James Doyle was born 13 Nov 1923 in Lexington, Kentucky and died 10 Jul 2008 at the age of 84 in Corona Del Mar, Orange County, California, USA. He is buried at Pacific View Memorial Part in Corona del Mar, California. An ancestor I will follow.
  2. Robert Samuel Caperton Peterson son of Tilmer Siebert and Violet Hildred (Johnston) Peterson. He married Claire Lou Housh daughter of Charles Nelson and Helen V Housh. Robert and Claire (Housh) Peterson had the following children:
    1. Victor Charles Caperton Peterson
    2. Carrie Lou Peterson married Benjamin T. Farkas.


  1. “Vows Spoken at Ceremony in St. Paul” The Minneapolis Star, Minneapolis, Minnesota 21 Dec 1929, Sat, Page 14. Retrieved from online at (Accesses 13 Oct 2019).
  2. Violet Hildren (Johnston) Peterson Obituary “Violet H. Peterson”, 17 Feb 1979, Sat, Page 41, retrieved from online at (Accessed 13 Oct 2019).
  3. Tilmer Siebert Peterson Obituary “Tilmer S. Peterson” Star Tribune, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 23 Jun 1991, Sun, Page 24, retrieved from online at (Accessed 13 Oct 2019).

The family Information was retrieved from a variety of family trees, webgens and family stories. I will note citations as appropriate and hope the information assists you in your research, but please do not use this as proven evidence. Feedback is welcome!

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